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'Police in India File Charges against Pastors for Refuting False Account of Attack.

Mar 21, Morningstar News

Teenage Christian girl beaten unconscious.
Three pastors in western India have been criminally charged in retaliation for refuting a false account of a Hindu extremist attack on six Christians that left a teenage girl unconscious, sources said.
Three of the six Christians beaten in Maharashtra state this month were also charged in retaliation for reporting the assault that left them with injuries requiring hospital treatment, said pastor Pandharinath Bhagya Gowri, one of the accused church leaders......

Indian bishops seek to postpone polling on Maundy Thursday.

Mar 18, UCAN News

Catholic bishops have urged authorities to change the April 18 date for parliamentary elections in India’s Karnataka and Tamil Nadu states on Maundy Thursday. The federal Election Commission has announced a seven-phase schedule for national elections running from April 11 to May 19. While all 39 parliamentary constituencies of Tamil Nadu are scheduled to go to the polls on April 18, voting in Karnataka is set for April 18 and 23. The election date falls during Holy Week and is ......

Two Indian territories scrap Good Friday holiday. Msgr. Mascarenhas: Very serious.

March 14, Asian News

For the first time in the country's history, two Indian territories have abolished Good Friday as a national holiday. These are Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Dnh) and Daman and Diu, both former Portuguese colonies on the west coast of the country. For Msgr. Theodore Mascarenhas, general secretary of the Indian Bishops' Conference (CBCI), "is very sad". He told AsiaNews: " This is very very sad. A clear discrimination is being practiced by the Administrator. ..."....

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Evangelical network reports increase of Christian persecution in 2019.

Mar 7 Christian Post

Reported cases of persecution and hate crimes against Christians in India have steadily increased by about 57 percent in the first two months of 2019, an advocacy group has warned.
The Evangelical Fellowship of India, the national alliance of evangelical Christians with over 65,000 associated churches, has sounded the alarm about the increasing frequency of attacks against Christians in India, the persecution watchdog outlet Morning Star News reports.....

Churches Deprived of Their Worship Buildings in Tamil Nadu, India Opposition where previously none existed

Mar 7 Morningstar News

Churches in Tamil Nadu, India that had never experienced opposition, now find Hindu extremists forcing them out of their places of worship. In one case Hindu extremists called praying women prostitutes and threatened to kill them; in another case, police went door-to-door with Hindu radicals telling people not to meet for worship; in a third case, the owner of the property where the church meets ordered them to vacate after opponents set a fire inside the church.....

Report Shows 57 Percent Jump in Aggression against Christians in India

Mar 4 Morningstar News

Cases of hate and violence against Christians increased 57 percent the first two months of 2019 compared with the same period last year. The Evangelical Fellowship of India’s Religious Liberty Commission (EFIRLC) documented 77 incidents of hate and targeted violence against Christians in January and February, up from 49 cases during the same period last year. The cases include the murders of one Christian in Odisha state and another in Chhattisgarh state,...

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Christian man has been found beheaded in Eastern Indian state of Odisha.

Mar 3 Christian Today

Local church members believe was an anti-Christian attack, dismissing a police claim that he was killed by Maoist rebels.
The body of 40-year-old Anant Ram Gand was found on Feb. 11 on a road in Bhenas village of Nabarangapur district.
A local pastor Chandan Jani told ucanews.com that the victim's throat was slit and his head had been crushed by a heavy object. Gand is survived by his wife, four girls and a boy. He and his family became Christians three years ago but local Hindu villagers opposed their...

325 Hate Crimes Against Christians in India in 2018

March 3 Christian Today

The northern Indian state of Utter Pradesh (UP) witnessed 94 incidents in total against Christians, between the months of September and December 2018 alone. In comparison, the number of incidents against Christians recorded in the state in 2017 were only 50 for the entire year. This increase can be attributed to the targeted campaign against Christians in Eastern UP. The state of Tamil Nadu registered 40 incidents while the state of Telangana stood third with 24. Bihar and Jharkhand recorded .....

India sees rise in public lynchings of Christians

Feb 27 Catholic News

Violent attacks including public lynchings against Christians in India are reportedly becoming increasingly common, with international NGOs and the country’s Catholic bishops raising their voices in protest against mob violence.
“The common man of the country is feeling insecurity in his own country due to the increasing cases of mob lynching,” Archbishop Leo Cornelio of Bhopal wrote Feb. 27. “The common man of the country is feeling insecurity in his own country due to the increasing cases of mob lynching,”  ....

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Christian convert killed and left on the road, beheaded.

Feb 22, Worldwatch Monitor

On 11 February, Anant Ram Gand, 40, was taken from his home in the village of Raigarh Tehsil, in the district of Nabarangapur, Odisha, by three men who killed him and left his decapitated body in the middle of the road. Since his conversion to Christianity nine months ago, Anant and his family had been harassed by the villagers, the news site reported.
They were not only stopped from getting water from the public well, “he was beaten twice in 2018, ..”. .....

Christian Mother Facing False Accusation in India Is Transferred Far from Home, Sources Say

Feb 19, Morningstar News

Mob rule increasingly common in world’s largest democracy.
Days after Hindu extremists in northern India marched in protest to file a false claim against a Christian mother, her government employer transferred her to a district more than 100 miles away, sources said. Members of a Hindu-awakening movement in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh state on Wednesday (Feb. 13) staged a protest ...

Situation for India’s religious minorities is at tipping point – report.

Feb 12, Worldwatch Monitor

The number of reported incidents in the first three months of 2018 was greater than the total number of attacks in the whole of the year 2014, according to the report “We’re Indians Too” by Open Doors. The report’s incident analysis shows that since Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in 2014, the number of violent acts against Christians, Muslims and tribal Dalits have increased..

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India: Statue of Mary set on fire in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

Feb 8, 2019, Asia news

A statue of the Virgin Mary was set on fire in Madhya Pradesh, in the village of Ishgar, which falls under the diocese of Jhabua. Sajan K George says that the fire "took place on 3 February last. The statue of Mary was found burnt in the grotto of the parish of St. Joseph, about 10 km away from the archbishop's house". The Christian community, he adds, "is very disturbed and its religious sentiment is deeply wounded".......

Hindu Extremists Pressure Convert to File False Charge of conversion against Pastor.

Feb 7, Asia News

A pastor is facing criminal charges in northern India even though the complainant later denied allegations against the church leader of luring him to convert, sources said. Police in Rupaidiha village, Uttar Pradesh state on Jan. 28 arrested 40-year-old pastor Dharmendra Singh on a charge of “alluring to convert” and two related charges – outraging religious feelings and promoting enmity.. .....

Legal Struggle of Doctor Reflects Wider Harassment of Christians in India by Modi's Hindu rightwing government.

Feb 7 Morningstar News

Hindu extremist government reminded that practicing one’s faith is not unlawful.Emergency medicine doctor Christo Thomas Philip was returning with his family to his native India from a medical conference in Greece when immigration officials at Delhi’s Indira Ghandi International Airport took him into custody. His deportation from India on that  ...

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98 Christians forced to undergo reconversion to Hinduism in the northeastern state of Tripura

Jan 28 Christian Today

At least 98 Christians belonging to 23 tribal families have been "reconverted" to Hinduism in Tripura on Jan. 20, a far-right Hindu group The Hindu Jargan Manch claimed. Uttam Dey, president of the outfit said that, mostly those migrant workers from Bihar and Jharkhand, were converted to Christianity in 2010. "It is as if the lost family members had returned home," Dey added, according to Hindustan Times. The mass conversion ceremony was sponsored by the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP)......

A Catholic priest was arrested on Jan. 15 on charges over the suicide of a teenage girl in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

Jan 28, Christian today

Fr Prakash Damor of Jhabua Diocese was arrested more than a week after the schoolgirl was found hanging at her village home in Ranapur in MP, leaving a suicide note saying the 33-year-old priest forced her to change religion and marry him. Fr Rocky Shah, Diocesan spokesman told ucanews.com that the church officials believe the priest was framed and arrested for no fault of his own. "He will be exonerated in a court of law," he said. The non-Chrisitan teenage girl belongs to indigenous ..."

A Hindu rightwing Magazine asks India to derecognize Vatican

Feb 7, Matters India

An Indian magazine has asked the federal Indian government to derecognize the Vatican as a state. Church’s political interference should make Indian government sit up and formally take note, says an article swarajyamag.com published on February 4.
The Indian government “must either issue a cease and desist demarche to the Vatican’s representative in Delhi, or derecognize the Vatican as a state altogether” says the article.
Christians “came out to speak up against. ...

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